Ok, so there is an 83' J10 for $500 that I am looking at buying. Without boring everyone with details, the bottom line is the truck is good to go with the exception of the frame. At the cross member near the back of the bed, there is about 5 inches of rotted frame on the passengers side. By rotted, I mean mostly gone with a strip about 2 inches wide holding rear section of the frame to the rest of the truck. From what I have been told, patch kits are available in some of the common places where FSJ frames have rusted out. To be honest, I think I should just get a new frame and start over, mostly because the rest of the frame is pretty rusty too. What I would like to know is this: how difficult would it be to just build a new fully boxed frame from scratch Vs. trying to find a used/aftermarket frame, and would it be worth the extra money to buy instead of build. Ether way, there will be a frame swap, so telling me that the transplant isn't worth the hassle won't really help. The body and drive train are in good shape, so to me the swap isn't pointless. Any thoughts on the frame would be appreciated.
I would make one, if you take your time and make plenty of measurements you'll be fine, Id make my own if the frame was rusted out bc Id make it way stronger than the stock frame and Id have it all boxed in.
I don't think having a frame shipped will be that pricey compared to fabing one. There's jeep junk yards out west. Collins brothers has junked jeeps for starters. I found a nice J-10 bed in cally for 600.00$ a couple of years ago. They would have it shipped to my door for less than a grand and I live near cleveland. Also check local states such as W,Va. They used coal senders on the roads for years instead of salt. A used frame will have your mounting points, it just be a lot less hassle in the end. I've had a couple of J-10's that I bought here in ohio that had good frames. Frames for the most part are pretty sturdy on FSJ. Finding a good frame local shouldn't be that hard. I wonder how much difference there is between a full size cherokee frame and a J-10, since there is a lot more cherokee's around.
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From what I understand, J truck frames are not the same as the older cherokee frames, or the wagoneers. The J truck frames are wider than the other two.
EDIT: by wider, I mean too wide for a direct swap. Some of the old timers around here say that you can cut up the frames and use them as patches for each other though. Not too sure how accurate the patching info is, but I'm fairly sure about the frame widths though.
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